Have you ever thought about giving up dairy but just don’t know how you will live without ice cream or cheese?! With these awesome alternatives, you don’t have to. Here are just some of my favorite, plant based alternatives to make the dairy free transition an easy one.
Cheese: There is a vast array of vegan cheeses on the market! We have tried many and found that Violife is the most like dairy cheese. It tastes extremely similar and melts just like the real thing. We use it on pizza and even in grilled cheese. Unfortunately, it can be a bit tricky to find, but Whole Foods just launched it in their stores, nationwide. You can also visit Violife’s website to see where it is sold near you.
Some of my vegan friends also love the brands: Chao, Kite Hill, Myoko’s and Follow Your Heart.
In addition, we have found that it is truly easy to make your own “cheese” at home. Here is our absolute favorite, dairy free Mac and Cheese recipe from Vegan Yumminess.
Ice Cream: Confession time: now that I am vegan, I eat a lot more ice cream than I used to 🙂 I am amazed by how creamy and delicious some of the plant based ice creams are. My personal favorite is Nada Moo but my husband loves So Delicious (cashew milk).
There are many dairy free brands on the market now and you can even find them at places like Target and Walmart.
If you want to try to make your own at home, you could try making “Nice Cream”. There are thousands of recipes on Pinterest and Youtube and it is incredibly simple: blend some frozen bananas with a little plant based milk, add a bit of vanilla and you’ll have a healthy dessert. Here are 10 nice cream recipes from Chocolate Covered Katie.
Mayonnaise and Butter: Here are our favorite alternatives for dairy based mayonnaise and butter. You will be amazed at how these two taste like the real deal! My favorite mayo is Follow Your Heart Vegenaise and our butter of choice is from Earth Balance. Earth Balance also makes sticks of butter for baking.
The dairy free life is taking off in the markets and there are many other alternatives for plant based milks, yogurts, creamers, pizzas….you name it!! You just have to be open to possibilities and keep trying until you find one that works best for you.
Have you tired any of these dairy free alternatives? Please comment below with your favorites!
***Please remember that any dairy free alternative is going to be better than the real deal. Dairy contains hormones, saturated fat, cholesterol and PUS…not to mention how they treat the animals (for a review, click here). Also, please keep in mind that a whole foods plant based diet is better for our health than using alternatives; however, these are great as a treat or during the transition period 🙂